8-Week: Style, Voice, Imitation, and Theft

$325.00 Members
$355.00 Non-members

Writers have always imitated, and often, stolen, from other writers. We do the same thing every time we write, inadvertently or not. In this course we'll be reading a wide variety of writers— Grace Paley and Toni Morrison, Truman Capote, Amy Hempel, Raymond Carver, Haruki Murakami, Shirley Jackson—writers primarily from the last century, but perhaps smatterings of others as well. We'll be reading them on a micro level, examining their signatures, decoding, deciphering to understand not only how these writers use their specific style, but to what effect.
Each week you'll be writing imitations, one to three pages, not to see how closely you can replicate, but how you can incorporate the stylistic signatures, command of voice, and experimentation with structure that you find admirable, enviable, into your own work. The goal here is not necessarily to sound like or look like the writers we'll read, but to invoke them, so that they may be called upon when needed. We'll be reading everyone's imitations each week to see what stylistic tics "stick" and how they can be used to better understand and develop our own voice and style.
Please note: The feedback in this class is not the traditional written critique of a workshop, rather first blush critique on the spot to see how our invocations hold our own voice.

Instructor: Nini Berndt Learn More


Mar 22, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmMar 29, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmApr 05, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmApr 12, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmApr 19, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmApr 26, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmMay 03, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pmMay 10, 2021 6:30pm - 8:30pm